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The point of activism

2017 . 12 . 04 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

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Perfection doesn’t help anyone.

Ironically, the dimmer switches shown in this video were featured in the talk I gave at the conference, meaning that either the hardliners got what I was saying about their supposed purity and disagreed or that they couldn’t even understand my point. I believe that our difficulty accepting other people’s complexities is at the root of many problems and I’m talking about that this week at Lambertville’s PechaKucha night!

When: December 8th from 7 to 8:30 PM
How much: $6

ACME Screening Room
25 South Union Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530

light switch

I talk more about my tendencies towards on/off thinking in this video about getting over perfectionism that I made right as I was starting to understand this part of myself better.


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(4) Comments / Commentaires: The point of activism

-- libby fife -- 2017 . 12 . 04 --


Boy, am I with you on this one!

No one is perfect in their efforts all of the time and just like you say, it’s the collective efforts of everyone moving forward on something that gets the job done. I think that each step forward matters but since we are all flawed, there are bound to be missteps which have to be OK. So long as we all keep our eyes on what matters and make honest efforts in our choices each day, I think that is the kindest way forward.

As a vegan who owns a pair of leather walking shoes, (purchased before going vegan and kept because they are still usable and not given away because of their condition), I understand only too well all of the conflicts involved in choices. I don’t appreciate anyone who looks askance at me for the contradictions in my life. Look at yourself first and then let me know, is what I say!

Great post my friend. I would love to hear you speak in person!

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 04 --

@Libby: It always surprises me to meet hardliners. It seems so ridiculous that they could possibly imagine that they have achieved a pure state, a place from which to judge others, but they really think they are perfect.

The founder of the free software movement (who was at the conference) got angry with me when I first criticized the hardliners on my blog and even that was ridiculous. I pointed out to him that he was the purest of pure, but that even he fell down in his principals—by using other people’s smartphones for example. He hasn’t talked to me much since then and not about this, so I don’t know if my point got through or if he doesn’t think I’m worth arguing with…? It’s all just so ridiculous.

Also, I’ve been a vegetarian for years, and I still purchase the occasional leather item, always shoes. I still feel like I’m moving in the right direction. smile

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-- Linda Ursin -- 2017 . 12 . 04 --

Totally with you on this. Those on/off people (in all categories, both activism, art, etc) drive me nuts.

There are these fundamentalists everywhere. If you’re not 100 % like them, you’re not good enough

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 12 . 04 --

@Linda: The “f” word! Totally! That’s what makes some of them so mad because they think fundamentalism is only for religion, but it’s really not…

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